A long-brewing dispute?
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A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board has issued a complaint over instances of anti-union practices at Starbucks. And that was before the company’s boss threatened to withhold wages.
Walt Disney testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee claiming that communists once ‘took over’ his studio.
The custodians of one of Hollywood’s most reliable cash machines have been careful to sidestep political minefields that might remind customers of a realm outside the Magic Kingdom.
Amazon has historically opposed trade union recognition by engaging in union suppression practices, like resisting trade union recognition through coercion.
Amazon can become the Earth’s best employer, but this must involve democratizing the workplace, recognizing the legitimate right of employees to organize and cooperating with labour representatives.
Staten Island’s Amazon distribution centre union organizer Chris Smalls celebrates with union members after getting the voting results to unionize their warehouse on April 1, 2022.
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Staten Island’s Amazon union has proven that one of the most powerful anti-union companies in North America can be unionized.
The start of a movement or a moment?
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Successful union drives at two of America’s biggest companies were led by committed individuals, rather than established unions.
A group of Greek migrants at a picnic in the outskirts of Melbourne in 1936.
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Far from just a gathering with friends, Australian picnics have long been associated with the political – from trade unions to feminist resistance.
Union demonstration in La Defense, Paris.
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A study shows that the ambition to strengthen social dialogue is yet to be realised in France.
Louisiana residents object to mask mandates at a state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meeting in August 2021.
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Short-term disputes are really symptoms of deeper divisions in the US over who deserves academic opportunity, and how to present the nation’s history.
Schools in Chicago have suffered days of disruption.
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A dispute between the Chicago Teachers Union and the school district over in-person learning has resulted in classes being canceled. An education policy expert explains what is at stake.
Six died as a tornado tore through an Amazon fulfillment center in Edwardsville, Illinois.
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The deaths of six Amazon employees at a factory hit by a tornado raises concerns over prohibitions on cellphones for workers.
Unions on the rise?
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Union membership has dwindled over the past five decades. But could a flurry of positive headlines over union drives help reverse this trend?
Unions are encouraging all workers to be vaccinated, but not through employment mandates. Instead, they support bodily autonomy, workers’ rights, fairness and democracy.
Young people wait to register at a South African university in 2012. They are bearing the brunt of high levels of unemployment.
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Can the structural barriers to low-skilled employment growth be overcome?
Labor violations disproportionately affect Black Americans.
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Rebalancing labor relations so that workers are empowered would be an effective way to address racial wealth disparities and atone for the legacy of slavery, a scholar argues.
AMA president Dr Omar Khorshid (centre) has been a regular commentator, lobbyist and advocate during the pandemic.
The AMA has shaped some important decisions in the pandemic, but it’s not always clear how its power is used.
Thousands of teachers from the Peel District School Board hold a one-day strike in Mississauga, Ont., in February 2020.
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Wanting a union and securing a union are two very different things. That’s because there are enduring obstacles to unionization that make it incredibly difficult for workers to unionize.
Warehouse workers at an Amazon facility in Bessemer, Ala., recently tried, and failed, to form a union.
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A study found that poverty rates among households with at least one union member were significantly lower than nonunionized households.
T.C. (Tommy) Douglas, shown in this 1961 photo being held up by supporters, after being chosen leader of the newly form New Democratic Party. He is held by trade unionist Claude Jodoin (left), national CCF president David Lewis and British Labour leader Hugh Gaitshell.
The political muscle of unions that helped to launch the NDP in was never that strong in the first place. Even worse for the party, it’s atrophied considerably over the course of the last 60 years.
Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama, are hoping to become the retailer’s first unionized employees in the U.S.
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Although it covers only about 6,000 workers, the election could result in the first unionized Amazon facility in the US and have broader ramifications for the labor movement.
Nearly 1,000 workers at this Smithfield Foods pork-processing plant in South Dakota contracted COVID-19 between mid-March and mid-April 2020.
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Thousands of workers at meat- and poultry-processing plants have contracted COVID-19, and hundreds have died. A legal scholar recommends ways to make their jobs safer.